Slate of volunteer candidates and call for petitions

As recommended by the nominating committee and approved by the board of directors on Oct. 26, the following Arsenal members will be elected to non-paid positions at the credit union next April unless any other primary members age 18+ in good standing with ACU want to have their named added to the official ballot: Keith Emery, Juanita Novotny and James Preston. Each position is a three-year term.

Emery is a developer and project manager at Paradigm New Media Group in St. Louis. He has served as a volunteer at Arsenal since 2007, starting out on the supervisory committee and then moving to the board in 2009. Novonty is a senior accountant with Daniel Jones & Associates who is completing her first term on the board. Preston is a pharmacist who works at John Cochrane Hospital, which is part of the VA St. Louis Health Care System. It would be his first term on the supervisory committee at Arsenal.

Call for petitions

Other qualified members can have their name added to the ballot by collecting signatures from 130 other primary members; this number represents one-half of 1 percent of total membership, as of October 30, 2017.


Board and supervisory committee elections are held annually in late April at the credit union’s membership meeting in Arnold. All members are invited to attend and cast their votes if they are listed as the primary owner on their account. It’s democracy in action. Regardless of how much or how little money that a member (age 18+) has on deposit at the credit union, each member gets the same number of votes: one for each open position.

Associate positions available

Arsenal is always seeking qualified members to serve in volunteer roles. The credit union has associate positions available, which are appointed rather than elected. They are designed to help prepare individuals over a two-year period for possible future service as elected officials. Associate directors participate in and assist with the decision-making process but do not get to vote on matters like elected officials do. Other duties include participation in various committees, discussions of new programs and policies, strategic planning, and new product development.